Summer in Stockholm is a bike lovers paradise. In some ways, using a car during the warm season seems ludacris. After all, the sun shines bright from May to August and the Swedes have waited all winter for a breath of fresh air. Pedaling along the bright, winding alleys of old town and exploring islands of the archipelago by bike is a healthy, and useful way to get oriented.
Since Stockholm is such a cycle-friendly city, I booked a tour with Bike Sweden to learn more about the beautiful Nordic city. Sweden's largest metropolis is a rich mix of modern and historical architecture, imposing public squares, lively cafes, and popular restaurants. There are unlimited things to do here, from a Michelin Star culinary scene to one-of-a-kind museums and epic adventures; everyone you're traveling with will find something they love.
During the three hour tour, we cruised along cobblestone streets, over bridges, and by palaces. The first stop was City Hall and Old Town to learn about its history and present day life. City Hall is where the Nobel Prize dinner is held every year. It was a treat to see its location! The tour continued along winding alleys that conceal quaint courtyards. Stockholm is such a stunning Nordic city.
One of my favorite stops was Djurgården - Stockholm’s National City Park, a unique forested oasis in the middle of the city. I had been living in Sweden for three weeks at this point and I was shocked that I hadn't been there earlier. This picnic paradise is a flower garden with a rustic, hipster cafe and restaurant inside. If you are visiting Stockholm during the warmer months, do yourself a favor and visit this park. It might be the most peaceful day of your trip!
Other notable stops we passed were Astrid Lindgren's World and the Vasa Museum before reaching the Estonia Memorial and the Galärkyrkogården Cemetery. If you're visiting the city make sure you get a Stockholm city pass because you can get into all of these places at a discounted rate. Another spot worth visiting is the old quarter, Djurgårdsstaden, situated behind the Gröna Lund amusement park. Some of the quarter’s beautiful wooden houses date back to the 18th century here.
Going on a bike tour is a great way to get oriented in Stockholm since it's such a large city. Not only will you see beautiful sights, but you'll also get a good workout. It's the perfect combination!
I was a guest at Bike Sweden, however, the opinions are my own. To book a tour visit BikeSweden.se. This tour was 350 SEK (43 USD).